Songs for the Spirit is a project in which Winsor Music commissions a chorale for one concert a year to be played by the performers and taught to the audience. Although the texts will be chosen by the composer, Winsor Music’s goal is ultimately to create a collection of hymns on the themes of tolerance, peace and unity. Songs for the Spirit was inspired by A Song of Peace, a hymn based on Finlandia by Sibelius.

  • John Harbison: O God of Every People; Let Me Not Mar That Perfect Dream; I long for household voices gone

  • Martin Brody: Until They Are Free

  • Peter Child: Peace Poem After a Ugaritic Inscription

  • James Matheson: On Liberty and Slavery

  • Eric Nathan: “Hope” is the thing with feathers

  • Lev Mamuya: I Dream a World

  • Megan Henderson: Jewell Hill

  • Lev Mamuya: high-wire

  • James Primosch: Come Brothers All; Come Sisters, Too

  • Anna Weesner: Mantra Music: no harmony like silence

  • Marti Epstein: Yet There is Hope - Time and Tide Flow Wide


The developing humanist hymnal, ‘Songs of the Spirit,’ embodies Winsor’s commitment to humanitarian ideals and audience participation.
— Peter Child

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This project was inspired by “A Song of Peace” which was my parents’ favorite hymn that wasn’t a Bach chorale. My mother spent the night on a life boat after having been torpedoed at the beginning of World War II. She became an ardent pacifist, and my father was right behind her...
— Peggy Pearson

This is my song, O God of all the nations,
A song of Peace for lands afar and mine; 
This is my home, the country where my heart is, 
Here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine; 
But other hearts in other lands are beating
With hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.

"A Song of Peace" 
Words by Lloyd Stone